THE DAD of a cop who was killed by the Boulder shooter has said his son would have hated to see his death used for political purposes.
Officer Eric Talley’s grieving father said his son was a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and he would have been “deeply offended” to know his death was being politicized to promote gun control.
Officer Eric Talley was one of the first to arrive on the scene – and was shot dead as he raced inside to tackle the gunmanCredit: Universal News & Sport
The cop’s dad, Homer Talley, said his son owned an AR-15, which he often used for target practiceCredit: Getty
A sign calling for the ban of assault rifles hangs from the fence outside the King Soopers grocery storeCredit: AFP
Officer Talley was among 10 people slaughtered at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado on Monday.
The 51-year-old cop was one of the first to arrive on the scene – and was shot dead as he raced inside to tackle the gunman.
The 10 victims ranged in age from 20 to 65 and Mayor Sam Weaver said the community felt the loss “in our bones”.
The suspected shooter Ahmad Alissa appeared in a wheelchair in court today.
Following the massacre, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden was considering possible executive orders on gun control.
But Officer Talley’s dad, Homer, told TMZ: “My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control. Before he was an officer, he enjoyed shooting.”
Talley said his son, who left a six-figure IT job to join police force, owned an AR-15, which he often used for target practice.
The firearms are modeled after semiautomatic rifles and have similar mechanisms.
The victims ranged in age from 20 to 65Credit: Reuters
Mayor Sam Weaver said the community felt this loss ‘in our bone’Credit: EPA
Jeff “Tree” Narkewicz mourns outside the shop that was owned by his friend Tralona BartkowiakCredit: Reuters
Courtney Shearon, 30, and her daughter Charlotte, 2, lay flowers as people leave tributes outside King Soopers grocery storeCredit: SWNS
A sign hangs on a fence put up around the parking lotCredit: AP
Talley called the attack at the grocery store “a senseless act and that is just it”.
“The situation [Eric] found himself in wasn’t one that the government could protect him from,” he added.
“Just because some wacko goes around shooting people doesn’t mean guns need to be taken away. You can’t take away enough guns to protect this country.”
Talley said that “to take away that freedom completely is something I am against and my son was against”.
“My family and my son are people of faith, we understand forgiveness and that is necessary for not just the shooter, but for ourselves,” he added.
Talley’s sister, Kirstin Brooks, shared a heartbroken post on social media after her brother’s death.
“I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many,” Brooks said.
“Fly high my sweet brother.”
A procession of law enforcement vehicles escorts the body of Eric Talley to a funeral home on WednesdayCredit: Reuters
People look on as a procession of emergency vehicles heads down Foothills ParkwayCredit: AP
Members of the North Metro Fire Rescue wait on their firetruck for the procession of Eric TalleyCredit: Reuters
People leave tributes outside King Soopers grocery store in ColoradoCredit: SWNS
Speaking to The Washington Post, Brooks described her brother as someone who had always been protective.
“I honestly know my brother, when he heard there was a shooting in a supermarket, I know his first thought was, ‘There are kids in there,’ ” Brooks told the outlet.
She added that her brother – who had seven children together with his wife – “loved kids”.
“I know Eric would have wanted to save every single one of those lives. I know why he flew in there first, because he was thinking, there are families in that store,” she told the outlet.
Alissa, 21, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder after rampaging through King Soopers with an AR-15-style rifle.
He has been held without bail as his “mental illness” is probed.
He appeared in person before District Judge Thomas Francis Mulvahill at 8.15am local time on Thursday morning.
King Soopers shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi AlissaCredit: Reuters
He appeared before Boulder District Court Judge Thomas Mulvahill at the Boulder County Justice CenterCredit: Reuters
He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murderCredit: © 2021 The Mega Agency
His lawyer asked for the judge to delay the next hearing for three months.
The legal team insisted “we cannot do anything until we are able to fully assess Mr. Alissa’s mental illness.”
“We cannot begin to asses the nature and depth of Mr. Alissa’s mental illness until we have the discovery from the government,” one of his attorneys reportedly said.
Around 2.30pm on Tuesday, police were called Kings Soopers grocery store in Boulder with reports of an active shooter.
Alissa’s court appearance comes as:
Witnesses described the gunman shooting victims one-by-one with a rifle in the graphic massacre.
Video showed police escorting a man – the alleged gunman – in handcuffs away from the scene, dressed in nothing but shorts and covered in blood.
Initial reports said that at least six were killed in the shooting, but the death toll was later revealed to be ten.
Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stoanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Officer Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, Jody Waters, 65 were the 10 victims.
Alissa’s court appearance comes just hours after it was revealed that he once threatened to “kill everybody” after claiming he had been branded a “terrorist” by a classmate in high school, according to police documents.
Alissa – who one classmate claimed had a temper “like a demon” – was found guilty of assaulting the student after knocking him to the ground before climbing on top of him and punching him in the head multiple times, according to a police affidavit.
And according to the New York Times, Ahmad previously had two run-ins with Boulder cops in 2018 – one on a report of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and one of criminal mischief. It is not clear if he was convicted of a crime.
Law enforcement officials also told the outlet that Ahmad was known by the FBI because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau.
Sarah Moonshadow is comforted by David and Maggie Prowell after Sarah was inside the grocery store during the shootingCredit: Reuters
A tribute is displayed outside the store owned by one of 10 victims in the mass shootingCredit: AP
Star Samkus, who works at the King Soopers grocery store and knew three of the victims of a mass shooting at the storeCredit: AP
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